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Writing as a career

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Often, there is many people who think that if your dream is to become a writer, you’ll not have a “good” future, unless, of course, you become a famous published author. But that is not entirely true. You do have a future if you are a writer. And the first thing you need to do is to choose the type of writer you want to be, and make the most out of it.


A writer isn’t only the novelist who sits alone in some remote place and start writing a book of hundred pages. There are different types of writers and even different careers involving the art of words. For example, there are journalists, creative writers, copy writers, novelists, poets, web writers and editors, and according to the one you choose, you can find a job in different industries, such as newspapers, universities, schools, magazines, web pages, marketing agencies, any type of business that requires writing skills, or even a successful author of a fiction series with an audience in digital platforms like Inkspired. 


But how do you know which type of writer are you? If you have problems figuring it out, try as many different types of storytelling as you can; that’s the only way to discover it.


Once you already know which path are you going to follow, the second thing you have to do is to get a writing education. We know that being a writer, as well as being an artist, is something you are born with, but it’s also something you educate yourself into: like a mindset. It’s necessary to put that talent into training, so it grows correctly, and becomes better, more mature. It’s like when you practice a sport. In order to be the best, you need hard training.


For writing, you can choose literature courses, or something similar. To do it professionally, a a degree might be good, but nothing will flourish without actual writing, and practice. Expanding your network also is a key aspect that most of us, writers forget. It is essential in this career, as it will open you many doors to possibilities. Be social!


The other positive aspect of creating a future as a writer is that you can become a self-employed freelancer, as the majority of the writers do (two-thirds according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). And being a freelancer allows you to work for many magazines, or newspapers, editorials or agencies. You will be able to manage your own time and save your own writing style. But you must know that there will be times that you’ll have to write about things you don’t like, but that will get you experience, focus and identity.


The third thing you need to do is to work, or do an internship and create your own portfolio with all your writings. Maybe you can create a blog, or a webpage, or upload your fiction stories on Inkspired (getinkspired.com) or any other digital platform like Medium, because you’ll never know when someone important could discover your content and suddenly call you to work with him/her. Trust us, you’ll never know. And nowadays, through internet, everything can easily be found but you need to be traceable.


And our last advice: it’s always better to get specialized in something. It’s not fundamental, but specializing in a subject or type of writing, will allow you to grow and focus more on it, and you can be known because of that. Not just as a “good writer”, but as the best sport journalist, or the best romantic novelist, or the most creative fiction writer in fantasy worlds…


So what are you waiting for? Writers have to write. Go and start. Here at Inkspired is a good place to start it out, and publish your first chapter, and see where it goes from there.

Feb. 10, 2017, 4:33 p.m. 0 Report Embed 0

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